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In comparison to adults, children are prone to getting traumatized by troubling events easily, and this makes it important for parents to help their children when the times are tough. It could be a brutal accident, an unprecedented pandemic, a violent crime, or other disasters but with the right parental support, children have a higher chance of coming out stronger from an awful situation.
Anuja Kapur, Psychologist shares few tips wherein you can assist your child when tough times comes calling:
Every child responds differently to disturbing events: What children feel about a current disaster in their life and how they react to it can come and go in waves. Children can act moody and withdrawn at times, struck with sorrow and fear at other times. There's no absolute "right" or "wrong" way to feel after a traumatic event so make sure not to dictate what your child or how your child should feel and react to the event.
Children can act moody and withdrawn at times, struck with sorrow and fear at other times. | Photo by Kat J on Unsplash
Encourage your child to be transparent: Just make sure you let your child know that whatever feelings they're experiencing is normal. The unpleasantness will pass if your child opens up about it and that the phase is temporary. While many teens may be reluctant to talk about their feelings with a parent, encourage them to confide in another trusted adult such as a family friend, relative, or a counselor and teacher. It's important to talkeeven if it's not with you.
Just make sure you let your child know that whatever feelings they're experiencing is normal. | Photo by Sebastián León Prado on Unsplash
Deter your child from reliving the disturbing event: Dwelling over, watching the footage, or imagining the event can be overwhelmingly stressful for children and this stress can even block their nervous system. However, to negate such things from happening encourage activities that keep your child's mind occupied so they're not obsessive about the event. You could encourage your children to read, play games together, or simply watch an uplifting movie.
Dwelling over, watching the footage, or imagining the event can be overwhelmingly stressful for children and this stress can even block their nervous system. | Photo by Юлія Дубина on Unsplash
Cocoon your child with warmth: In order to reassure your child that they are safe with you and feel secure, that the worst is over your physical affection is important in making them feel safe again. Teens may try to be tough through it and avoid being held, but they still need the proximity.
In order to reassure your child that they are safe with you and feel secure, that the worst is over your physical affection is important in making them feel safe again. | Photo by adrianna geo on Unsplash
Maintain routines. Establishing a predictable structure and schedule for your child's life can help to make the world seem more stable again. Try to maintain regular times for meals, homework, and family activities. Make sure your child accommodates time and space for rest, play, and fun. Keeping up with a schedule can help countercheck the obnoxious feeling of stress and worry in children about the future being dark, hopeless, and unpredictable.
Try to maintain regular times for meals, homework, and family activities. | Photo by Paico Oficial on Unsplash
Acknowledge and validate your child's concerns. The disastrous events in life may give place to unrelated fright and concerns in your child. However, understanding and accepting your child's present state is a comfort for the child. If at any point the child blames himself for the event make sure to make it clear and crisp the event was not their fault, you love them, and it's okay for them to feel upset, angry, or scared but not guilty.
Understanding and accepting your child's present state is a comfort for the child Photo by Jeremiah Lawrence on Unsplash
Irrespective of the age of your child, it is vital for parents to offer that extra support and assistance following an unsettling event. The traumatic event may bring up unrelated fears and issues in your child. However, by accepting their thoughts and replacing their fear with your love and direction, the ominous feelings will start to fade away. Eventually, the child will be able to return to a normal and healthy life. (IANS/ MBI)
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In the era of computers and smartphones, it is hard to imagine a task that hasnt been made easier by some sort of technology. You all may know how harmful the blue light emitted by computers, smartphones, tablets, televisions, and other electronics is for your eyes. Since the inception of the pandemic, the use of these electronic devices has increased, and we all know it can have multiple undesirable effects on the eye.
Dark circles are formed mostly due to the reflection of the dark maroon underlying orbicularis oculi, a circular muscle around our eye. The dark pigmentation gives you an exhausted look which makes you seem sick or sleep-deprived. The skin around the eye is the thinnest, results in reflection of the said dark maroon underlying orbicularis oculi. The artificial light from the screen of your electronic devices causes a lot of drying, as it steals the moisture from the skin and also causes a breakdown of collagen
Reduce overhead lighting to minimize screen glare. | Photo by Quinten de Graaf on Unsplash
How can you deal with the undesirable effects?
*Follow a proper skincare regimen, use a moisturiser rich in vitamins especially C,E, and K. Massage it gently in clockwise and anticlockwise gentle circular movements.
*Apply under-eye cream 40 minutes before going to bed.
*Green tea bags can also help to shrink the blood vessels that will lessen dark circles.
*Catching up on sleep can help reduce the appearance of dark circles.
*Take frequent breaks while using digital devices.
*Reduce overhead lighting to minimize screen glare.
*Keep your eyes an arm's distance away from the screen.
Vivek Singh, CEO and Co-founder of Anveya Living says, "People spend a large portion of the day straining their eyes on computers, phones or tablets. Our eye muscles try to focus and refocus on and off screens which causes strain. There are a few solutions to this problem. Dehydration plays a big role, especially in the area around the eyes. Make sure you pick an eye cream that suits your eye concerns. For example, Anveya has an under eye cream with Vitamin C that helps to reduce puffiness, wrinkles and pigmentation. It basically provides intense hydration, nourishes and protects the thin skin around the eyes".
Apply under-eye cream 40 minutes before going to bed. | Photo by Humphrey Muleba on Unsplash
Commenting on the same, Shilpa Rathi Maheshwari, Founder of I AM LOVE, a Nutraceutical Health and Skincare Brand, said, "Screen time is the latest plague that has been going around and everyone has fallen victim to it; the young and the old. Too much eye strain affects the skin around the eyes, it causes them to age at an accelerated rate. While curbing screen time is one solution, it can't be a solution for people whose livelihood depends on it. Well, you don't have to worry when you have enough protein and collagen in your body. You might need to supplement your body with an increased amount of collagen and protein to negate the damage being done."
(Article originally written by: N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: under-eye, skin, treatment, eye-cream, dark circles, sleep, routine, self-care
With the lockdown, restrictions, and changes at work, people have been grappling to find some normalcy in their lives. As the crisis deepens, there are mixed emotions, feelings of despair, fears, insecurity, stress, and for women, in particular, there have been extra caregiving responsibilities while working from home and working at home. It’s important to remain upbeat while staying at home, managing self-care and well-being.
Vasant Mundra, Consultant Psychiatrist, PD Hinduja Hospital and MRC; and Chandni Tugnait, MD (A.M) Psychotherapist and Founder-Director, Gateway of Healing, share some tips for women to take care of themselves:
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Be physically fit
If one is fit, one is likely to have a slightly better mood than one would have had if one was not so. So be active. Morning sunlight is essential for the upbeat of an individual. Get up and get some sunlight. Whether it is within the house, from a terrace, from a corridor, or possibly in a compound somewhere, get morning sunlight.
Follow a routine
A routine always helps us cope with change. Make sure you focus on a routine with healthy eating habits, exercise, good sleep, and meditation or mindfulness exercises. This improves focus and productivity and also leads to lower stress levels.
Mind is money
The next thing is to stop wasting neurotransmitters of our brain on things that do not matter. Whether we have anxiety about coronavirus, concerns about the administration, or frustration about our favorite cricket team, we are spending neurotransmitters. Let’s use our neurotransmitters for something more substantial. The simplest way is to focus on one’s brain is like how we would treat our wallet. We are always careful when handing out or wasting money. Let’s just be as careful with wasting our brain chemicals like our money. Fear, anger, envy, anxiety are all waste neurotransmitters. Often it is not so much the situation that causes it but our interpretation of the situation.
Limit information intake
It’s important to be aware and cautious, however, an overdose of news and information from all corners can be very distracting and emotionally draining. Make sure you limit your intake of pandemic-related news if it unnerves you.
Take frequent breaks
It can be quite unnerving to manage office work, housework, online school classes for kids, and so much more. Amid it all, it’s important to take frequent breaks (even if for five to ten minutes each time) and relax. A breather, every now and then, not only increases our productivity but also helps keep stress at bay.
Surround yourself with positive people
Be part of communities that uplift you. Connect with people who inspire you, who are fun to be with, and who allow you the space to be the way you like. It’s especially important to not engage with people who are constantly in a negative loop and are not willing to step out of it. Also, stay away from people and things that are emotionally or energetically draining.
Research has proven how a simple practice of gratitude daily can shift so much in a person’s life. It improves physical and psychological health and adds bliss to live, thereby improving relationships with self and others. The key factor here is to ‘feel’ gratitude and not just ‘think’ gratitude.
Revive a hobby
Once a week (if not every day), indulge in your hobby and see how much it adds to your life. Whether it is dancing, painting, creating music, or reading, take that time out for yourself. You matter! And only when you are able to feel physically, mentally, and emotionally balanced can you contribute to the others around you. It isn’t selfish to indulge in some ‘me time’. On the contrary, it is absolutely essential.
Some more tips for positive well-being are: do not overreact when feeling angry; try not to get easily insulted; try and value the other person’s opinion; exercise regularly; enjoy food keeping an eye on the portions; watch positive content; enjoy conversations and stay connected with friends. (IANS/KB)
By Grace Johnson
Many students complain that waking up early to go to classes seems to be getting more and more difficult day by day. Respectively, the temptation to stay in bed and sleep another hour often trumps the need to attend lectures. However, this is not a kind of attitude that must be encouraged.
Moreover, if going to university, college, and getting a degree were your biggest dreams once, do not let yourself sleep through your life and studies. Instead, look for the reasons why you have trouble waking up.
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Staying up all night with friends, leaving huge projects to the last minute, watching a favorite TV show, or reading a book till 4 a.m. are just a few of possible reasons that could cause your constant lack of energy. Obviously, if you don’t have enough sleep at night, you’ll be acting as a sleepwalker during the day.
Therefore, we’ve prepared a shortlist of how you can get rid of a sleep coma and live a full and happy life on the morning of your college. Here are our tips:
Get Professional Help
If the main reason behind your sleepless nights is the inability to manage all assignments on time, get professional help for your college. Find someone to write paper for you to break the vicious circle of missed deadlines and poorly written essays.
A lack of sleep caused by your efforts to make up for writing assignments only slows you down. You are better off requesting help online tutoring once in a while than torturing yourself by pushing your limits.
Develop Your Routine
The first thing you should do if you want to wake up easily is to start working on your schedule. You need to have a proper night’s sleep if you want to be active in the morning. Thus, make sure you go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day.
Should you wake up at 6 a.m. for your college commute, make sure you go to sleep at 10 p.m. at the latest. You have to sleep for around 8 hours at night to recover your energy. Even if you don’t have to travel to your school now, try to maintain your daily routine still.
Scientists say that our habits develop in 20 days. Thus, following this schedule for a month will help you easily fall asleep at a certain time and wake up with no problem in the morning.
Go to Bed Earlier
We all know that going to bed does not mean falling asleep. You have millions of things to do from watching a movie to reading a book or texting friends. Therefore, you should set your biological clock to go to sleep at a certain time.
To do that, you need to go to bed even earlier. For example, if you need to wake up at 8 a.m., you should fall asleep at 12 a.m. at the latest. Thus, it makes sense to go to bed at 10 or 11 p.m. to have time for your regular activities.
However, do not bring your work or studies to your bed. This is your rest zone, mind this.
Do Not Go to Bed with Your Phone
Smartphones and the Internet really devour our time and we often don’t notice that. Just think of it: you go to bed with your phone and another hour just flies away. You, however, could have spent that hour sleeping and recovering your energy.
Thus, leave your phone somewhere out of reach. The farther it is, the better. It will also be harder for you to ignore the alarm.
Do Not Let Yourself Oversleep
The biggest mistake students make is letting themselves sleep for a few extra minutes. When the alarm rings, you try to set it up to repeat the signal later. This often ends badly and you oversleep.
Choose a different strategy. Set your alarm 10 minutes earlier than the time you must wake up. Then let yourself stay in bed for these 10 minutes but don’t fall asleep again. Take this time to shrug off the sleepiness. It really helps to put yourself together while causing no harm to your biological rhythm.
Go and Wash Your Face When You Wake Up
Cosmetologists advise washing your face under cool water to keep your skin healthy. However, it’s beneficial for you in different ways. The sooner you wash your face when you wake up, the more awake you feel all day.
However, make sure you use cool or even cold water for it. It not only wakes you up from a warm and comfortable sleep but also turns your inner resources on and fills you up with the energy you’ve been looking for.
Follow Your Morning Routine
Morning exercises will keep you young and healthy for a long time. Also, they will channel the energy to every muscle and vein in your body. After a great warm-up, you won’t feel like getting back in bed.
Based on your regular program and habits, proceed with your morning rituals. Do make-up, cook some breakfast, pick your best outfit, or do whatever it is you regularly do. Yet, do not procrastinate. Seize the moment and prepare yourself for an active day for your college days.
Final Tip: Be Consistent in Your Desire to Wake Up Fresh
If it really bothers you when you feel bad in the morning and has to drag yourself to lectures, be consistent in your desire to get rid of the sleepy mode. Wake up earlier day by day and develop morning rituals that would make you feel more awake. Enjoy your mornings and never take them as a punishment.
It’s okay to mess up one day and stay late with your friends. However, do not let this become your new reality. The better night’s sleep you have, the more productive you feel in the morning.
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